Prince William gives stirring speech at Christchurch mosque where 50 were killed
Prince William has given an emotional speech at a Christchurch mosque where dozens of people were shot dead in a terror attack.
Prince William said he had been visiting the country since before he could walk and admired New Zealander’s for their “famous strength of character” and “warm-hearted interest about cultures, religion and people thousands of miles from your shores”.
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“I stand with you in grief for those we have lost, and with support for those who survived,” he said.
“And I stand with you in firm belief that the forces of love will always prevail over the forces of hate.”
A short video posted to the Kensington Palace Twitter page shows the prince telling a group of worshippers, “I’m so sorry this happened to you”.
“The message from Christchurch and the message from Al Noor and Linwood mosques could not be more clear – the global ideology of hate will fail to divide us.” — The Duke of Cambridge 🇳🇿 pic.twitter.com/u3dL88z9rB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 26, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge started his tour with an Anzac Day ceremony in Auckland before he visited victims of the terrorist attack – including five-year-old Alen Alsati – and first responders.
The Duchess of Cambridge remained in London where she attended an afternoon Anzac Day ceremony with the Duke of Sussex who is awaiting the birth of his first child.
Prince Harry’s attendance at the royal engagement was a shock as his calendar had been cleared in anticipation of the birth which is expected in late April, early May.
Originally published as Prince William gives stirring speech at NZ mosque